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Jon Major

My research focuses on hydrological hazards associated with volcanic eruptions and landscape responses to large inputs of sediment, including from dam removals. Projects focus on: (1) identifying hydrogeomorphic processes altered by volcanic disturbance; (2) evaluating hydrogeomorphic consequences; and (3) quantifying characteristic hydrogeomorphic response times and durations.

Professional Experience

  • Scientist-in-Charge, USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory, 2021–present

  • Research hydrologist, USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory, 1997–2021

  • Hydrologist, USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory, 1993–1997

  • Geologist, USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory, 1984–1993

  • Hydrologic field assistant, technician, USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory, 1982–1984

     

  • Other professional service:

  • Panel member, GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology (QG&G) Division, 2002-2004

  • Secretary, GSA QG&G Division, 2006-2012

  • Member, International Organizing Committee, International Debris Flow Hazards Mitigation Conferences (DFHM), 2008-2015

  • Chair, DFHM IOC, 2008-2012Chair, DFHM IOC, 2008-2012

  • Co-chair of local planning committee for IAVCEI 2017 Scientific Assembly, Portland,

Education and Certifications

  • University of Dayton, B.S., 1980, Geology

  • The Pennsylvania State University, M.S., 1984, Geology

  • University of Washington, Ph.D., 1996, Geology

Affiliations and Memberships

  • Geological Society of America

  • American Geophysical Union

  • International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of Earth's Interior (IAVCEI)

  • American Avalanche Association (Member affiliate)

     

  • Editor:

  • Associate editor, Geological Society of America Bulletin, 2000-2011

  • Associate editor, Journal of Geophysical Research–Earth Surface, 2010-2014

  • Review editor, Frontiers in Volcanology, 2014 - Present

  • Co-editor, Geological Society of America Special Paper 375, Natural Hazards in El Salvador

  • Co-editor, Debris Flow Hazards Mitigation--Mechanics, Prediction, and Assessment: Proceedings of 4th International Conference on Debris Flow Hazards Mitigation (Millpress)

  • Chief guest editor, Andean Geology issue focused on the eruption of Chaitén Volcano (2013, v. 40(2))

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, Geological Society of America (GSA)

  • E.B. Burwell Award, GSA, 1991

  • University of Dayton Alumni Special Achievement Award, 1999

  • Kirk Bryan Award, GSA, 2008

  • DOI Superior Service Award, 2018

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